Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Penn State University offers undergraduate degrees in Agricultural Systems Management and Biological Engineering, and graduate degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

ABE News

Go West for animal agriculture in Pennsylvania
November 7, 2018
New research is a first step in exploring opportunities and challenges to developing animal agriculture in western Pennsylvania in a way that is both economically and environmentally sustainable. The region of Pennsylvania drained by the Ohio River provides additional opportunities for new animal agriculture facilities and related manure-management activities.
Undergrad student research suggests biomass can remove lead from drinking water
October 31, 2018
Researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences the last few years have been studying the ability of biomass to absorb industrial spills, according to Dan Ciolkosz, assistant research professor of agricultural and biological engineering.
Student engagement helps earn Bellefonte major grant for sustainability
October 26, 2018
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awards $388,000 to support compost upgrades. Penn State students in Megan Marshall's class toured State College's compost facility to get background for their work assisting Bellefonte.
Energizing the food-energy-water nexus: the fortuitous tale of duckweed
October 25, 2018
“The plant is a hyperaccumulator,” said Brennan. “It sucks up nitrogen and phosphorus out of the water extremely well. When you put it in the soil, it takes a while for the duckweed to break down, so it acts like a slow-release fertilizer.”
Biofilm reactor promises to cut production costs on vitamin K
October 2, 2018
Researchers Ehsan Mahdinia (left) and Ali Demirci, in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are shown feeding microorganisms that produce the most potent form of vitamin K in a laboratory biofilm reactor in research that promises to reduce production costs and perhaps prices.